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csziggy's Journal
July 30, 2016

NBC opens ElectionConfessions.com


Call or text your election confession to

This is an NBC News experiment. Tell us what you really think. What are your thoughts on the candidates? How do you feel about the election and the state of our country?

We may share your election confession on our various digital and broadcast platforms but we will not share your phone number. (Must be 18 or older to participate. Message and data rates may apply.)

This has a lot of potential!

I think I will call them and confess this is the first time I have NOT watched a convention on a network or cable news channel because the annoying and intrusive commentators.
July 30, 2016

The corpse flower opened - yesterday

UPDATE: The corpse flower has started its bloom cycle as of 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28! We will remain open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, to accommodate the bloom!

Corpse Flower Cam at NYBG

July 29, 2016

Poor Michael Steel - MSNBC discussion on the DNC convention

Everybody was agreeing on how great the Democratic convention was and how pathetic the RNC one was. Michael Steel in a quiet little voice said, "We tried." Absolute silence for a short count.

July 29, 2016

I love Rev. Shillady's stole!

The variety of faces is beautiful. So much nicer than the traditional stole worn by most priests and ministers! (And I have friends who embroider ecclesiastic linens for the local Anglican church so I've seen a few.)

July 28, 2016

Help Hillary Clinton's campaign by making calls from your home!

Last night I decided to make a contribution to the Clinton campaign. Once I had done that - set up to give as much as I can a month - I was taken to a screen from which I could make calls from their data base. It was too late last night and I had too much to do today, but I will start doing it Friday.

I've been unable to get into the local campaign office. All I was going to get them to let me do was make calls from home. Now I will just go to the website and do it rather than wasting time trying to get downtown.

You don't have to make a contribution - from the front page at Hillary Clinton 2016 on the menu at the top of the page, click the "More" link. At the right there will appear a menu. Click on the "Call Tool" link. That will take you to the page to make calls.

Let's get calling and get out the vote!

July 26, 2016

Wow - all the MSNBC reporters still on the floor talking with Al Franken

He's really laying it out to them. Talking about Trump's many many lies he challenged the reporters to point them out and not just let them drop.

This is the best thing I have seen on cable news in a while!

July 14, 2016

Got a call today from the Martin County Democratic Party

They were concerned that as a Martin County voter I was not registered with any party. They were kind enough to connect me with the Martin County Supervisor of Elections office so I could change me registration to the Democratic Party. For a robocall it was not bad.

Two very MAJOR problems with this call - I have never lived in Martin County, Florida. I have never been registered as anything other than Democratic. I grew up in Polk County and registered there as a Democrat when I first turned 21. I have lived in Leon County since 1972 and changed my voter registration to that county once I decided I would stay here after college.

I suspect someone in the Martin County DP hit the wrong selection when setting up their robocalls. I sent them an email to let them know they are far off their target for making these calls.

It is nice to see a local Democratic Party working to get people registered as Democratic voters, though!

July 3, 2016

Florida: 5 dead, 25 hospitalized in Wakulla County bus crash

5 dead, 25 hospitalized in Wakulla County bus crash
Karl Etters, Democrat staff writer 11:28 p.m. EDT July 2, 2016

Charred rubble, personal effects and bloody medical gear littered the side of Coastal Highway 98 in Wakulla after five people, including one child, died in an early-morning crash Saturday.

The fire-gutted frame was all that remained of a refurbished school bus, carrying as many as 35 Haitian migrant workers and their families. The semi-truck that the bus hit was equally destroyed.

The truck disintegrated on impact after the bus blew through the blinking red light that leads south to the city of St. Marks.

Its engine block and shredded front tires still sat on the side of the road in a puddle of muddy water as emergency officials tried to piece together what happened. Small trinkets, coolers once packed with food and drinks, pillows and a watermelon lay in the grass near the burning bus. On a sign post nearby was a smudged, bloody palm print.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators say the southbound bus did not stop for the light, hit the truck that was heading west, and then slammed into a power pole around 5 a.m. Skid marks just feet from the intersection indicate the semi-truck may have only braked seconds before impact.
More: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/07/02/5-dead-25-hospitalized-wakulla-county-bus-crash/86632540/

The bus full of Haitian migrant workers was traveling from Bainbridge, Georgia to Belle Glade, Florida for a few weeks of work. The route they were on would have taken about eight hours to drive - I bet the workers were not going to be paid for their travel time. I also bet they have no benefits and no medical coverage.

What's odd is that the intersection where the accident happened is not a direct route south or the faster way south. US 98 along the coast is two lanes from that point until it joins US 27/US 19 at Perry. Also coastal fog makes driving slower some mornings. From Bainbridge, it is fastest to take US 84 east to I-75 or US 27 from Bainbridge to I-10 then east to I-75 , then 75 to the Turnpike. If they wanted to avoid tolls they could take US 27 south from I-75. Or just take US 27 all the way from Bainbridge to Belle Glade.

While they can stay on US 98 all the way from that intersection of US 319 and 98 where the accident happened, it is less direct and much slower that almost any other route.

The major advantage with taking US 98 is that there are no agricultural checkpoints - and maybe they avoid the possibility of being stopped so that papers for the workers can be checked.

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